A Different Take

Hi!  Today I am playing along with this week’s What Will You Stamp challenge – #WWYS55.

The challenge is to use the Balloon Celebrations set.  I recently held a class featuring this bundle – and while the primary cards are balloons, came up with a few that were not.  Here is one of those cards:

SU! Balloon Celebration, Cups & Kettles Framelits

The steam coming out of the cup are the balloon strings stamp from the set.  The sentiment is also from that set.  The cup is created using the Cups & Kettles framelits.  I really liked how this note card turned out.

I’ve put together a tutorial of all 6 of the cards we made – if you purchase the Balloon Celebrations bundle through me (US residents), I will happily email you the tutorial for free.  Here is a link to my store:

Teresa’s Stampin’ Spot Store

The bundle contains the balloon punch as well as the Balloon Celebrations stamp set.  If you wish to bump up your order to $50 to get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item, might I suggest the It’s My Party Washi Tape and Whisper White note cards – both will be used in the tutorial.

Here’s a little bit of a peek at the cards:

SU! Balloon Celebration

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

Mountain Reflections

Hi.  Continuing on with another card made at Sunday’s workshop.  This card uses the reflection or mirror technique.  It is much easier to do than I thought and everyone loved it.  The mountains and flower are from the In The Meadow set in the Occasions Catalog.  Such a great set and perfect for scenic cards.

SU! In the Meadow

To create the reflection, first, stamp your image on your card stock.  I used Basic Gray Archival ink.  Then stamp your image on a piece of acetate (the sheet that comes in your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig also works well.  Flip over your acetate and line it up with the image on your card stock.  (Do this in the air so you do not smudge the transfer.  When you have the acetate image lined up, set the acetate on your card stock and then rub across the back of the image to transfer the ink to your card stock.  Remove the acetate and sponge ink to create your water surface for the reflection.  I used Pool Party for my pond.  I also sponged Old Olive for my grass, Smokey Slate for the mountains, and Soft Sky for the sky (not showing up very well in this picture).

What do you think?  Inspired to give it a try?

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

A Jelly Hello

Good morning!  How are you today?  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I sure did!  Kicked off the weekend Friday night with my Balloon Celebration class (more on that in a post later this week) and on Sunday had a workshop featuring new techniques.  Today’s card is one of the cards we made at Sunday’s workshop.

SU! From Land to Sea, Dozen Thoughts, Salted Background

The background for this is the Salted Background technique.  A little hard to see in the picture, but here is how it works:

  1. Spritz your card stock (for this we used Watercolor Paper) with water.
  2. Starting at the bottom, apply Island Indigo ink with an aquapainter on the bottom 1/3 of the card stock (I just placed a few drops from the re-inker on the inside lid of the pad and picked it up from that.)
  3. Apply Bermuda Bay ink in the middle
  4. Apply Pool Party ink on the top.
  5. Sprinkle with coarse salt
  6. Spritz water over salt if it doesn’t appear to be absorbed by the ink
  7. Let dry, brush off the salt, then stamp your main image (here is the Jelly Fish from the set From Land To Sea)

As you apply the colors, they will run together.  The salt then pulls some of the color out leaving little “bubbles” behind in the ink.

You might get a bit inky, and I recommend placing a paper towel under your cardstock to help absorb some of the water and ink as it runs around and off the card stock.  You can also speed up the drying time using a heat gun if you’d like.

The guests really enjoyed this technique and each background was different – the fun of this technique!  The guests also enjoyed earning a FREE Sale-A-Bration product with each $50 purchase they made.  There are still 17 days left of Sale-A-Bration – so if you haven’t gotten your FREE items yet – you still have time to place your order!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this technique!

Teresa

 

Heart of Thanks

Hi!  I am participating today in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight featuring Thank You cards using Stampin’ Up! products.  I hope you can take the time to check out the other entries and vote for your favorite! My card is #22 and I’d love your vote!

I am making these cards to send to my neighbors who participated in the American Heart Associations Neighborhood Drive.

SU! Bloomin' Love, Endless Thanks

For my card, I decided to use the watercolor wash technique – very easy to do and I love the results!  Using your aquapainter, pick up some Blushing Bride ink (place a few drops on the inside lid of your  Blushing Bride ink pad), and brush it over the watercolor paper.  You can add more color as you go down the card stock.  Keep repeating until you have the results you desire.  Let dry before stamping your image.  The heart is from the Bloomin’ Love set in the Occasions Catalog and stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.  The sentiment and banner are from Endless Thanks.  I just love that font!  I added some bling by running strips of Blushing Bride glimmer paper (also in the Occasions Catalog) down the sides and die cutting the flowers from the same glimmer paper using the Bloomin’ Heart thinlets.

Thanks for checking out my card!

Teresa

Silhouette Sympathy

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card that I like to use for Sympathy cards.  The soft colors of the main image I feel are very soothing.

SU! Serene Silhouettes, Wetlands, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Color Me Irresistable

To create this look, I first stamped the cattails from the Wetlands set in Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then clear embossed the flowers from Serene Silhouettes.  Sofy Sky was then sponged around the flowers to make them pop and Old Olive was sponged along the bottom for grass.  The background is from Color Me Irresistable – I chose the woodgrain Crumb Cake sheet and brayered Chocolate Chip ink over the top.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Sky and punched out with the Word Window and then layered on a Washi Label Crumb Cake mat.  The ribbon is retired Natural Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

PS – There are only a little over 3 weeks left for Sale-A-Bration!  As a hostess, you can earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars once your workshop reaches $250 (prior to S/H and tax) in the US.  Consider hosting an on-line or catalog party to increase your benefits!  Contact me if you’d like to set up a show!

Did You Ever Hit

a brick wall when crafting?  Sometimes you just don’t have any mojo at all.  It is amazing how you can sit there and try to come up with an idea and then it hits – why not play with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and see what you can do?

I really wanted my background to look like a brick wall, so I placed a small piece of temporary adhesive on the back of my card stock before running it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.  Then I used my brayer to ink up the card stock before I removed it from the folder.  This way, I didn’t mush my bricks AND the brayer only inked the raised bricks, leaving the “mortar” lines white!  Isn’t that a quick and easy way to make your brick wall?

Here’s the first card I made:

SU! Brick Wall EF, Botanical Builders, Garden in Bloom

Pretty cool background, right?  I used Cherry Cobbler ink for my bricks.

Well, I also decided to go with a softer look, and the second one I made is this:

SU! Brick Wall, Botanical Builders, Garden in Bloom

For this one, I used Sahara Sand to ink up my wall.  The flowers and leaves were created with the Botanical Fields Builder framelits.  These die cuts are so pretty.  The sentiment is from Garden in Bloom.

So, what do you think?  Going to try making your own brick wall?

Just wanted to remind you that we are in the last month of Sale-A-Bration.  If you haven’t placed your order and earned your FREE goodies, don’t wait too much longer!!   I still have open dates for in-home workshops – or consider hosting an on-line party!  Once your show hits $250 in merchandise (prior to S/H and tax in the US) you earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars!!   OR if you are an “I want it all!” person, then join my team!  Choose $155 worth of Stampin’ Up! goodies for just $99 + tax!!  That is $56 worth of goodies FREE!!  And you pay NO shipping on your kit!   How cool is this deal??  Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

Join Me?

For a cup of tea?
Playing in this week’s Global Design Project Color #GDP025 color challenge.

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These aren’t colors I typically choose – so thought it would be fun to try.  Here is what I came up with:

SU! Have  A Cuppa, Cups & Kettles Framelits

Overall, I am happy with the card – but I think the teapot could use a little something.  I tried all three color combinations and liked this one the best for the teapot.  I even tried some patterned papers, but none seemed to work for me.  What would you suggest?

It was definitely a challenge and took me a while to make this card.  If you get a chance, hope you give it a try!  (And let me know if you do – I’d love to see it!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

Supply List: (All Items Are Stampin’ Up!)

  •  Cups & Kettles Framelits
  •  Daffodil Delight Card Stock
  • Basic Gray Card Stock
  • Smokey Slate Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Have A Cuppa Designer Series Paper
  • Paper Doilies
  • Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon
  • Smokey Slate Thick Bakers Twine
  • Have A Cuppa Metal Embellishments

Team Stamp It Easter Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Team Stamp It Easter Themed Blog Hop!  I hope you are enjoying all the creations we have made for you!

Today, I am featuring a card using the Circle of Spring stamp set found in the Annual catalog.  There is a matching set of framelits that make it easy to die cut the wreath and the bow.

SU! Circle of Spring, Crazy For You

The wreath is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and then colored using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder markers.  To make it pop a little more, Wink of Stella Clear was used on the flowers.  Here is a close up:

SU! Circle of Spring, Crazy for You

The background from the wreath is a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Color Me Irresistable Specialty pack.  The sentiment is from Crazy About You and matching framelits.

We are once again doing a give away!  Just leave a comment below with the hashtag: #stampitcontest to be entered into the drawing!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Teresa

Blog Hoppers

1. Tami White
2. Elizabeth Jeanne
3. Stephanie Kolker
4. Mary Bush
5. Gianna Sardella
6. Sheri Meyer
7. Linda Cullen
8. Charlene Luks
9. Pam Nichols
10. Oksana Semenska
11. Lori Mueller
12. Liz Miller
13. Teresa Howe
14. Bobbie Crouch

Apple of My Eye

Hi – still playing with the Apple of My Eye set.  This is a fun set and I love how easy it is to line up the stamps to complete the image.  The beauty of photopolymer stamps.  I made this card for our Demo Swap at my upline’s Team Meeting last night.

SU! Apple of My Eye

Not sure how easy it is to see, but sparkle was added to the apple using the Clean Wink of Stella brush.  LOVE THIS PRODUCT! So easy to use and a great way to quickly add sparkle to anything.  Have you tried it yet?

Added interest with the Designer Series Paper instead  of just using a full layer.  I like the diagonal white strip.  The DSP is cut just 1″ smaller than my Whisper White panel in the vertical direction and then cut in half on the diagonal.   What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you will drop by on Saturday as I am participating in an Easter Theme Blog Hop with my fellow Team Stamp It demonstrators.

Teresa

You’re Sweet

SU! Apple of My Eye, Subtle DSP Stack

Hi!  How are you today?  Just wanted to take a minute to say You’re Just the Sweetest!  Thanks for the comments, likes, and repins and Thanks to those that Follow Me!!

Today’s card features the Apple of My Eye stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  The citrus fruit was stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi.  The Designer Paper comes from the Subtles Designer Paper stack.  A quick card that can be used to say Thanks for any reason!

Hope you get a few minutes today to be creative – whether it be paper crafting or something else – everyone deserves a little creative time!

Have a good one!

Teresa